Archive for the ‘Wordpress’ Category

Tweet Postz?

February 9, 2011

I read recently where the CTO of the New York Times said you are what you read.

Since I read a lot, why can’t what tweets I read during the course of a day constitute a WordPress blog post?

I would love to be able to grab all of my Tweets from a single day and then post them here on my WordPress blog.

While this sounds like a Paper.li or Tweeted Times type service, its not.

Tweet Postz would create a personalized history of each users Twitter daily activity.

I tweet somewhere between 25 and 250 tweets a day.

Twitter in effect has become what I read.

Being able to record what I read daily only seems natural.

Tweet Post

Tweet Post

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BusinessWeek Testing Google Voice Call Me Voice Comments

November 23, 2009

Clicking through to a BusinessWeek article today, I noticed what I thought was an ad for Google Voice.

Call Me Google

Call Me Google

After closer inspection, I realized BusinessWeek is testing a “voice comments” feature for their Byte of the Apple column.

When I first saw the ad, I had no idea what it offered. Even after several minutes of playing around with it and clicking on the learn more link did I realize the BusinessWeek page had refreshed with the following explanation page:

In the three years or so that we’ve been producing this blog, we’ve learned one thing: Opinions about Apple always run strong. Our readers love to leave lots of comments agreeing or disagreeing with our posts here. We thought we’d try a little experiment using Google Voice to give you the ability to tell us exactly what you think in your own voice.

Here’s how it works: Click the Google Voice widget over to the right, and enter your phone number. Your phone will ring, and when you answer you’ll be prompted to leave a message just like on a regular voice mail system. We promise not to share your phone number with anyone else for any reason. But if you leave us a voice message you do so with the understanding that we may publish the audio of your message here, especially those that are insightful, clever or funny. So give us your best, but be nice. All calls go straight to voice mail, so don’t expect anyone to answer in person. We hope you enjoy this feature and that it adds to the quality of our always-interesting and ongoing conversation about Apple.

Understanding what the ad offered, I then gave it a try.

I entered my Google Voice telephone number in the fields provided and clicked Connect.

Connect Call

Connect Call

Within a second or two of clicking connect, I reached a voice mail box where I heard Arik Hesseldahl of BusinessWeek explain why they are testing the Google Voice product.

I was then urged to leave my comments about their Byte of the Apple column.

This is the first time I have noticed a website of any kind incorporate voice commenting into their user engagement mix.

Although I don’t have any comments about their Apple column per se, I do have one question about the Call Me Google Voice messaging product: When can I get a Call Me Google plugin for my WordPress blog?

Isn’t this type of audience interactivity something every publisher would want for their website?

WordPress: When Will My WordPress Blogs Have Tweetmeme Built In?

October 24, 2009

Recently WordPress added a “Publicize” button to their blogs so publishers could Tweet their posts directly to their Twitter accounts.

Isn’t it now time for WordPress to add a “Socialize” button to their bloggers dashboards?

Self hosted WordPress publishers can add plugins like those from Tweetmeme to let their visitors Tweet blog links to the Twitter audience.

Tweetmeme WordPress Plugin

Tweetmeme WordPress Plugin

However, WordPress hosted blogs lack any type of plugin tools for bloggers who want to enable their visitors to share their discoveries via Tweets beyond the WordPress walls.

Adding a Tweetmeme feature to WordPress bloggers dashboards and in turn their blogs would surely have a network doubling effect on the WordPress.com audience.

Wordpress Plugin

Wordpress Plugin

WordPress Listens to Their Customer Audience

October 22, 2009

Several months ago WordPress announced the introduction of their own url shortening service under the WP.me branded domain.

At the time, I congratulated the WordPress staff on their blog while also asking when or if I could ever Tweet WordPress blog posts directly to my Twitter account.

The Official WordPress blog approves or disapproves comments and my suggestion went – for what seemed like an eternity – without being published.

Then within the last week or two, WordPress announced their new Publicize feature which Tweets WordPress blog posts directly to Twitter accounts.

I thought – unbelievable, Are you kidding me WordPress?!

As a consultant I am used to sharing strategies and techniques for growing businesses with my clients, but I provide them because my clients reciprocate by paying my fees.

Sharing ideas freely on the web is a requisite for participating in web culture yet not giving credit where credit is due is what keeps additional ideas from flowing and then multiplying.

This morning I woke up thinking about the above process and how I was going to write about how my suggestion had been perpetually embargoed in an approval que at WordPress while they went ahead and launched their Publicize to Twitter service.

To my surprise, my comment and suggestion were actually published several weeks ago while also being acknowledged by Automattic’s User Engagement head @Wordpress –  Heather.

Wordpress Listens to Their Customer Audience

Wordpress Listens to Their Customer Audience

Congratulations WordPress… you not only listen to your customer audience, you also act on that which you have heard.

Google Sitemaps No Errors

October 4, 2009

In a previous post, I wrote about how I have had ongoing problems with this website and its traffic since I switched to WordPress.com’s domain mapping service.

I have added Google Webmaster Tools to this site to begin the process of diagnosing and correcting what problems may exist on this side of the server.

According to my Google Webmaster Tools account, my recent sitemaps.xml file resubmission appears to have been successful.

Google Sitemaps No Errors

Google Sitemaps No Errors

Although approximately half of my pages are being indexed by Google, I remain encouraged by the message above.

Google Blog Search Related Blogs Results

September 24, 2009

This blog’s WordPress search engine referrals data often reports “marketing comunications” as a keyword source.

However, this site isn’t in the top 100 results for  “marketing communications” in either Google or Yahoo.

Search Engine Rank

Search Engine Rank

Although SearchMarketingCommunications.com doesn’t rank in the top 100 results in Google’s or Yahoo’s web index for marketing communications, I have discovered it appears to rank first for related blogs in Google Blog Search.

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search must be the referral source for the “marketing communications” search engine queries.

Indexed URLs Less Than Half of Total URLs

September 9, 2009

With having written a blog post every single day for over a year now, I have accumulated and published 556 unique articles for SearchMarketingCommunications.com via WordPress.

While all of my blog posts unique domains have been identified and crawled, less than half are appearing in Google’s index.

SiteMap

SiteMap

With no sitemap errors or warnings reported in my Google Webmaster Tools dashboard, I am somewhat perplexed why the percentage of my pages indexed is not 100%.

Sitemaps

Sitemaps

Granted, a 100% index rate may be rare but some of my other WordPress hosted sites are enjoying greater Google page indexing success rates like the example below.

Sitemaps

Sitemaps

What can I do to get all of this site’s pages indexed?

WordPress Blogging Achievement: A Post Published 365 Consecutive Days In A Row

August 31, 2009

When I launched my first website back in 1999 – blogs didn’t exist.

To get my site MarketingPrincples.com launched, I had to use ad agency designers who knew how to write code which in turn published my content on the nascent world wide web.

After my site launched, I realized I needed to make some content changes.

Because blogging platforms didn’t exist and I hadn’t bought the code they had used to develop my site, the designers initially charged me $100 for each change I wanted to make to my site.

Outrageous!

I quickly set out to find my own web developers who could build my own content management system.

While giving a presentation at a local university’s engineering college, some young guys came up and said they would be interested in working with me.

I agreed to give them a shot.

They built me a content management system in .ASP where I could upload and control my own content without any ongoing costs.

Off to the races I went.

Little did I know at that time nor did it occur to me that the idea of a back end content management system would be something other businesses would want.

Nor did I foresee that content management would ultimately become known in general as blogs and blogging.

If I had, I guess I would be on the other side of this post founding and running WordPress.com not my consulting practice.

Anyway in the early days of the internet, the content platform providers all suggested bloggers just sit down and blog every day for a year to generate their own unique set of pages and content.

Well – 10 years later I have done it.

I have blogged here every single day for the last 365 days over a period of exactly one year beginning on September 1, 2008.

I have learned a lot and will write more about what the experience has taught me – tomorrow.

A First? The Bit.ly, Twitter and WordPress Mashup by Email

July 13, 2009

Today while thinking about posting content in several different places, I thought I would see if I could post to my Twitter, Bit.ly and WordPress accounts simultaneously.

While not exactly simultaneous or simple, the idea shows some promise.

Tim Cohn (tcohn@marketingprinciples.com)
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